Dave Johnson on open web technologies, social software and Java
Here are some of my (raw and unedited) notes from Rich Green's opening keynote this morning:
And a little commentary:
I don't know enough about Flex or Silverlight to know how JavaFX stacks up, but it does worry me a bit that JavaFX in the browser relies on Java Applet technology, which may have been greatly improved, but still doesn't have a great reputation. Maybe that's changed: Alex and Linus' favorite game, Runescape, is based on applet technology and it works flawlessly on all of our various computers and operating systems. We didn't notice it was Java until Leo pointed out the tiny Duke icon in the browser tray.
Update: Apparently, one big problem with Applets will be fixed in Java SE 6 Update 2:
InfoQ.com: "Brewin fleshed out remarks made during the keynote to the effect that Java 6 Update 2 will introduce a new deployment model for the JRE where the initial download is very small and additional JRE components are lazily downloaded only as needed. He said that the concept is very similar to the Java Kernel project proposed for Java 7."
JavaFX is new news, so there are not many blogs or new articles about it. Here are some links I've found useful:
The announcement of OpenJDK interim board is a good thing is definitely a good thing. It will be interesting to see how the governance shapes up and how quickly the project can become truly an open source project, i.e. with external contributors on equal footing with Sun developers. Like Geir, I did not understand the Java JCK annoucement and haven't yet been able to find a clarification.
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